The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.

April 25, 2012

CAABJ Initiative Connects High School Students with Prominent Journalists

Me In The Media Initiative

The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is pleased to announce the “Me in Media” Initiative. The mission of this initiative is to encourage African-American middle and high school students to consider careers in journalism and mass communications. Our goal is to foster growth in those who aspire to be journalists by introducing them to high-profile African Americans working in media-related professions.

We are excited to launch this program during the historic Democratic National Convention, where select students will share the spotlight with nationally acclaimed journalists.

This initiative will also challenge students to explore and express their views about the media’s portrayal of the African-American community and experience.

Four winners will be chosen from the Me In the Media initiative, to meet and partner with members of the national media during this year’s Democratic National Convention. We thank you in advance for your support.

Applicants must be of African descent living in the Charlotte region.
Applicants must be in the 6th-12th grades as of May 31, 2012.
Applicants must have permission to enter from a parent or legal guardian.
Applicants must submit an original essay OR video on the following topic: Choose a specific issue in your community (bullying, education, recycling, health issues, etc) that needs more media coverage. Write an essay or create a video addressing that issue.
          o Essays must be 250-350 words and in Mac or Word format.
          o Videos must 2-3 minutes long and on a CD or DVD in .mov or .avi format. Alternatively, a link to the uploaded video may be included on the application.
Completed applications with video or essay must be received by midnight June 9, 2012.

Email entries to with Subject: Me In the Media Application, or mail to:

Me In The Media Initiative
Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists
PO Box 31024
Charlotte, NC 28231

CAABJ is a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. We are a nonprofit organization composed of writers, artists, managers, and talent from all of the major television stations, newspapers, and some of the most notable radio stations, magazines, web publications, and public relations firms in the greater Charlotte area. Our mission is to increase diversity in media organizations and the diversity of coverage as it relates to the African-American community.

Application Form

Me in the Media Application

April 23, 2012

Win a Chance to Attend NABJ Nationals Free!!

CAABJ will cover registration for one lucky member to attend the 2012 NABJ national convention in New Orleans!
This is a $380 value that is really priceless for all the network- and relationship-building that will take place when journalists, celebrities, executives and professionals converge June 20-24th.
All you have to do is be a current member of CAABJ and NABJ and leave a comment on why you should be chosen on our Facebook page. Please limit comments to 70 words max.
The winner will be announced at our monthly meeting this Saturday April 28th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kickstand Grille, 1101 Central Avenue, Charlotte, 28204.
Membership has its privileges!

There's still time to put your hat in the ring for a chance at the convention!!! Due to enthusiastic response, we've extended the deadline to Friday, May 4th. Don't delay!

April 17, 2012

CAABJ Discusses Trayvon, Media & Race

Media watchers are not going to want to miss this month's membership meeting!
We'll be discussing Trayvon Martin, media coverage and race. Special guest James Jackson of Fox 35 WOFL News in Florida will be skyping in to talk about the handling of sensitive national stories like the Trayvon Martin case. Topics will include:
  • Convincing decision-makers that a story warrants more or continued coverage
  • Objectivity and journalists of color
  • The role of digital media in breaking this story
  • And more! Email questions you'd like to pose to
WHEN: April 28th, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kickstand Grille, 1101 Central Avenue Charlotte, NC 28204
HOSTED BY: Charlotte Association of Black Journalists